Author Archives: Rain Liivoja

10.12.2009 Syyskokous

Ius Gentium ry:n sääntömääräinen syyskokous pidetään Helsingin yliopistolla, Porthanian kuudennessa kerroksessa huoneessa P617 (Yliopistonkatu 3, Helsinki) keskiviikkona 10.12.2009 klo 17:15 alkaen. Kokouksessa valitaan yhdistyksen hallitus vuodelle 2010 sekä käsitellään vuoden 2010 talousarvio ja toimintasuunnitelma. Kokouksessa keskustellaan myös Finnish Yearbook of International Law’n tämän hetkisestä tilanteesta. Syyskokouksen jälkeen juhlistamme yhdistyksen onnistunutta vuotta tarjoamalla glögiä ja pientä jouluista purtavaa. Lämpimästi tervetuloa!

2-3.10.2009 ESIL-ASIL Research Forum

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The 3rd ESIL Research Forum “Changing Futures? Science and International Law” was held in Helsinki, Finland, on 2-3 October 2009. The Forum was the first academic conference to be organized jointly by the American Society of International Law (ASIL) and the European Society of International Law (ESIL).

The local organizers were the Centre of Excellence in Global Governance Research, the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights, in co-operation with the Ius Gentium Association.

26.8.2009 Guest Lecture: EU and International Law

On 26 August 2009, Allan Rosas, Judge of the Court of Justice of the European Communities gave a lecture on “The Status in EU Law of International Agreements Concluded by EU Member States”. In principle, agreements concluded by Member States but not by the EC are not part of the Community legal order but are, from the point of vie of the Community Law, seen as part of national legal order of the Member State concerned. In the light of Article 307, the recent case law and practice many questions has been raised. A vivid discussion followed the presentation. The presentation can be downloaded here.

5.5.2009 Panel Discussion: Too Big to Fail? The WTO in the Financial Crisis

Date: Tuesday 5.5.2009 at 17-19
Place: Porthania (P545), Helsinki University, (Yliopistonkatu 3)

Economic Crisis and the WTO: Real and Imagined Consequences

Tuomas Tapio

The presentation discusses various implications of the economic crisis on the multilateral trading system, using historical data to demonstrate similarities and differences between the current crisis and some earlier periods. The threat of increasing trade protectionism is contrasted with other types of challenges, including new forms of economic nationalism and problems of regulatory cooperation.

Spaghetti Bowls of Protectionism? Repercussions of the Financial Crisis on Regionalism in the WTO

Silke Trommer

What are the legal and political problems connected with the rising number of preferential agreements on the global trade stage? What effect will the financial crisis have on the recent trend to conclude bilateral and regional trade agreements? Are free trade agreements liberalizing or protectionist?

Protectionist Tzunami on the Way? Is WTO Dispute Settlement a Floodgate, Umbrella or Life-Raft?

Martin Björklund

What could the impact of the financial crisis be on WTO dispute settlement? If there is a wave of protectionism on the horizon could the WTO deal with it? What could the possible problems be with a surge in protectionism for dispute settlement?

23.4.2009 Guest Lecture: Impunity for Human Rights Violations in Russia and the Challenges of Human Rights Defenders

Amnesty International and Ius Gentium Association organized an event concerning human rights violations in Russia with Karinna Moskalenko. Ms Moskalenko spoke about the struggles of human rights defenders and the constant impunity for human rights violations in Russia from the standpoint of a practising human rights counsel. Karinna Moskalenko is one of Russia’s leading human rights lawyers and known for several high-profile human rights cases. She has served as the counsel for Mikhail Hodorkovski, Garri Kasparov, Aleksandr Litvinenko and Anna Politkovskaya. She has also represented the victims of the Nord-Ost theatre hostage crisis and the families of chechen victims who have been killed, tortured or forcefully disappeared.

Karinna Moskalenko is the first counsel who has won a case against Russia before the European Court of Human Rights. She has since won over 25 cases against Russia. Currently she and her team have more than 100 applications pending before the Court. In 2006 Ms Moskalenko was awarded the Human Rights award of the International Helsinki Federation